THE AYURVEDIC WAY
Digestive Disorders/Gastrointestinal Diseases
Gastrointestinal diseases (abbrev. GI diseases or GI illnesses) refer to diseases involving the gastrointestinal tract, namely the oesophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine and rectum, and the accessory organs of digestion, the liver, gallbladder, and pancreas.
Ayurveda considers poor digestive fire (mandagni) and the production of toxins (ama) as the main cause of IBS. From an Ayurvedic perspective, IBS is linked to:
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a group of symptoms that occur together, including repeated pain in your abdomen and changes in your bowel movements, which may be diarrhoea, constipation, or both. With IBS, you have these symptoms without any visible signs of damage or disease in your digestive tract.
Grahani is an Ayurveda term related to the seat of agni (digestive fire), which helps in the metabolism and digestion of food. The ancient text of Ayurveda described that ingestion, digestion, absorption and assimilation of Aahaar are regulated by Grahani. When this Agni becomes; manage then improper digestion of ingested food leads pathological condition termed as Grahani roga.
Ayurvedic Management Of IBS
The holistic system of Ayurveda helps mitigate the adverse symptoms associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) naturally. Some of the therapies that can help manage IBS include:
This process mainly comprises regulating digestive fire and eliminating ama (toxins) from the gastrointestinal tract.
This process corrects and balances out the Vata dosha.
This therapy relaxes and corrects the underlying issues that worsen IBS.
Shodhan is a process of detoxification of the whole system. It also helps in converting any harmful drug into beneficial elements.
This process mainly revitalizes the body by correcting imbalances and neutralizing impurities that settle after detoxification. It is a healing treatment in Ayurveda, which aims at rejuvenating and restoring the balance of the body after the process of detoxification.
Peptic Ulcer/Parinama Shoola
Peptic ulcers are open sores that develop on the inside lining of your stomach and the upper portion of your small intestine. The most common symptom of a peptic ulcer is stomach pain.
The consumption of food items which have similar properties to that of vata leads to its vitiation in its seat. It gets strengthened at the end of the digestion and causes aavarana of Kapha & pitta leading to colic pain. Since the pain occurs at the end of digestion it is called Parinama shoola.
Indigestion — also called dyspepsia or an upset stomach — is upper abdominal discomfort, described as a burning sensation, bloating or gassiness, nausea or feeling full too quickly after starting to eat.
A decrease in the intensity of AGNI has been termed as ‘AGNIMANDYA’. Whereas incomplete digestion and metabolism due to disturbed agni leads to the formation of under processed state of food termed “AJEERNA”.
Acid reflux disease, also known as Hyperacidity or GERD. It occurs when the stomach produces too much acid and it flows back into the oesophagus, causing a burning sensation in the chest and throat. This condition can be uncomfortable and may lead to more serious health problems.
Amlapitta (अम्लपित्त) refers to “acid gastritis”.—When pitta accumulated by own factors gets further aggravated by excessive intake of burning and faulty food and having predominance of sourness is situated in gastro-intestinal tract, it is known as amlapitta. The main symptoms of amla pitta are indigestion, weakness, bitter and sour eructations, nausea and a burning sensation in the epigastric region and throat.